A massive controversy concerning an apparent rape scene in the upcoming Tomb Raider game being developed by Crystal Dynamics has blown up all over the internet today, as many gamers do not like the new, more flimsy and vulnerable Lara Croft, and have been pushing back fiercely. It’s gotten so bad that Crystal Dynamics are going back on their original quote because of the controversy.
The game’s executive producer Ron Rosenberg told Kotaku that “when people play Lara, they don’t really project themselves into the character, they’re more like ‘I want to protect her.’ There’s this sort of dynamic of ‘I’m going to this adventure with her and trying to protect her.’”
When asked if Lara was still a hero, Rosenberg replied: “She’s definitely the hero but— you’re kind of like her helper. When you see her have to face these challenges, you start to root for her in a way that you might not root for a male character.”
“The ability to see her as a human is even more enticing to me than the more sexualized version of yesteryear,” he said. “She literally goes from zero to hero… we’re sort of building her up and just when she gets confident, we break her down again,” he said.
RON: “And then what happens is her best friend gets kidnapped, she gets taken prisoner by scavengers on the island. They try to rape her, and-”
KOTAKU: “They try to rape her?”
RON: “She’s literally turned into a cornered animal. And that’s a huge step in her evolution: she’s either forced to fight back or die and that’s what we’re showing today.”
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Here’s the question, then: Should Lara Croft be be raped?